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  1. PlasmaWave

    Compass button

    I would prefer to keep the present "compass" icon to navigate to the chosen cache ...
  2. PlasmaWave

    Turn by Turn Navigation

    What you are doing initially is correct BUT INSTEAD of tapping the 'stack of papers' (i.e. choice of maps), click the circle with three-dots at top right of the screen, then select Google Maps and the "Google Maps" App will open automatically ... choose from any alternative routes offered and press "Start". I use Cachly's navigate to cache all the time, through the vehicle's "CarPlay". If you are still having problems, check you have the "Google Maps" App installed and that it is working separately from Cachly.
  3. I noticed this strange situation with offline lists before so thought I would ask the possible reason and how to resolve, after seeing FIVE duplicate logs for myself and two other finders plus the same for the reviewer’s publication log on some example caches - all initial logs were generated on the day of publication and involved traditional & mystery caches (Note: a found log by another cacher the following day has no duplicates in the offline list). This phenomenon is showing on all caches I logged from that offline list, but also the same for finders of caches that I didn’t visit/log on that same day. I’m pretty sure the duplicate logs were created/incremented each time I refreshed the offline list, which I did several times whilst walking a new series as I wanted to know if other cachers were around! I have tried rebooting Cachly since, but the duplicates are still showing. I have also since recreated the list in ‘Live View’ (no duplicated logs showing) then saved those same caches to a differently named offline list … the five duplicate logs in the original problematic list are now showing in the new offline list! I refresh offline lists by displaying the list in map view, tap top/right 3-dot menu, then select: ‘Update Caches’ >> ‘All Caches’ >> ‘Full Cache Data’. Am using an iPhone7+ on iOS 14.4.2 and Cachly 6.1.16 (2). Any thoughts and hopefully a solution would be most appreciated. Is this a bug or something I’m somehow causing? Couple screen shots attached for information.
  4. PlasmaWave

    Add an action to "Current location button"

    Many thanks Nic ... hadn't realised moving the map released the 'follow' mode ... that's great and an easy solution to my 'problem'. I guess the Google & Apple Maps function is more logical as they are not used in quite the same way as a geocaching app.
  5. Nic ... Would it be possible to add an action to the "current location button/arrow" on the bottom right of the map screen? Presently first 'tap' of the 'arrow' deep zooms the map to your current location BUT ALSO sets 'follow my location', rather than just centreing the map on 'my location' ... you then have to keep tapping through all the various options to get back to the DEFAULT state of that button. When using this 'find me' function I almost always just want the map to 'centre' on my location without changing its action and would prefer not to deep zoom to my location. Would it be possible to add an action so the FIRST tap of the arrow only centres the map on 'my current location', preferably with the map zoom level remaining unchanged, then a second tap would set the 'follow me' action as present. Thanks. PS: perhaps this should have been posted in the 'New Feature' section
  6. PlasmaWave

    FTF map icon blocks out offline saved found 'ticks'

    Yes think that would be perfect ... thanks Nic
  7. After finding caches and saving the found logs offline, the green map icon changes to show a very useful tick (or blue face for a DNF) ... so far, so good. However when saving offline found logs for new ‘FTF’ labelled caches visited, which of course have no online found logs yet, these still show the ‘FTF’ label (in itself that’s ok) but the FTF label blocks out the user’s offline found tick. When visiting a series of new FTF labelled caches, I am unable to see which I have visited and for which I created offline found logs. Any chance the map icon can be changed to clearly show which FTF labelled caches you have ‘found’ offline? Ideally it would change to a yellow smiley or at least the FTF label replaced by the standard icon with a tick. Not sure if I'm missing how to do this already, or whether it should be a requested feature.
  8. PlasmaWave

    Automatically update caches on a map

    Per my comment in another similar user question, L4C has a 'live rolling' feature that I found very useful when driving ... good to know what caches are close to your route. So the map would be set to follow my location, with caches appearing and disappearing as the map moved. I hadn't realised there was a TP partner limit on number of caches BUT never experienced any problem when using the L4C feature on a journey. It would be really useful to have this as a selectable feature in Cachly.
  9. PlasmaWave

    Bad maps layers

    Brilliant feature for quickly changing between recent/regular maps ... to change between say premium and OS (which is at the bottom of the full list) I had to scroll way down ... very easy to change between my regular maps now! Many thanks and still discovering Cachly features by the day!!
  10. PlasmaWave

    Map refresh

    Coming to Cachly from L4C, one of the first differences I noticed was the 'live' map needed refreshing manually. When you are located in a specific area (usual conditions), this is perfectly fine and it is useful to be able to clear the map then repopulate. Not so convenient however when driving/travelling. L4C 'live' feature populates the map on a 'rolling' basis (similar to the Official App), which I used regularly when driving so I could see what caches were available nearby on the route. I hadn't realised there was a daily limit on TP partner apps, BUT have never had any problems with L4C reaching a limit whilst using the 'rolling' live feature when traveling. It would be great to have the choice of automatic refresh/repoipulate (in addition to present manual) if this could be added to Cachly.
  11. PlasmaWave

    Loading a GPX file from other than Dropbox

    Thanks for quick reply Nic ... for example I tap the “Download” link on a browser cache page. It asks “do you want to download” ... answer yes .... gpx file appears in “Files” (apologise for earlier typo saying “Finds”!). I tap the gpx file in “Files”, it opens the gpx file to show the source code but I can tap the share icon and choose Cachly from the list. Cachly asked where to import to so chose an offline list and a spinning arrow displays “processing”. The file is never imported and the spinning arrow continues until I “cancel” the action. Odd thing is, if I download say MyFinds zip gpx file from GC into “Files”, then long press the zip I’m offered a share/upload option ... select share, choose Cachly and an offline list, then the zip imports successfully. Tried the same long press, share, then Cachly - with the single gpx file and import is not successful. Seems to be single gpx issue for me. Similar process followed in L4C imports the cache data without problem using same iPhone and same gpx file from “Files”. My Cachly version is 6.1.12 (1) and iPhone 7 Plus iOS v14.4.2
  12. PlasmaWave

    Loading a GPX file from other than Dropbox

    From the iPhone, if I download a cache from a browser page or zip file from GC.com (eg MyFinds), iOS these days places the gpx file into “Finds” (no longer given a choice where to save to). When I tap the gpx file in “Finds”, it tries to import into Cachly but the spinning wheel never ends and file is not imported. Is there a solution for this issue? Dropbox is the only import source offered by Cachly (since iTunes has no practical applications tbh), but files from the phone cannot be saved to Dropbox. From GC/browser the user is not given an option to email the file, which I am aware does import ok if you email a gpx file to yourself for example. L4C, which I am in process of changing to Cachly from, offers a “Pick Source” option which includes “Finds” from the iPhone. The gpx files import into L4C without problem, so the problem appears to be Cachly related rather than iOS.
  13. PlasmaWave


    I too am just switching from L4C to Cachly ... the semi-transparent overlaid compass is one of the L4C features I miss most - it can be large or small by tapping. It also displays the distance from gz. Being able to watch the map but see direction and distance from gz all at same time is really useful. The tiny compass that Nic mentioned only shows when the map is in direction of travel and is too small to see from arms length. Also doesn’t show distance from gz.
  14. PlasmaWave

    I Phone Compass Calibration

    APPLE's GPS ACCURACY / PERFORMANCE for iPhone 7 onwards is considerably worse than for the iPhone 6 ... my story might appear off track for this thread, but I suspect it is related and could well be the real reason for accuracy problems rather than 'compass calibration' per say ... this tale is not a problem with Cachly, but an iPhone issue. In July 2017 after 'upgrading' from iPhone 6 to iPhone 7 Plus I noticed difficulty in homing in on some caches, trouble was being hundreds of miles from home immediately after changing the phone I couldn't be sure if the area had a 'weak' signal. Over time I was still having problems and also noticed instead of seeing the +/-5M satellite accuracy I was used to with my old iPhone 6, for the 7+ it never went below +/-8M and was very variable. Some months later out with a friend and his iPhone 6, he was laughing at me on & off all day saying I had lost the caching plot these days and why was I looking over there when the cache was here! Sometimes I was up 20/30M out!! Whilst outdoors and using the Apple or Google Map App, my iPhone 7+ 'blue dot' would wander far & wide maybe 100M up the road & back - the pulsating circle around the blue dot would fluctuate wildly, increasing & decreasing in diameter. In direct comparison, the blue dot for my old iPhone 6 remained very stable at the current location, with only a small diameter pulsating circle indicating good stable satellite accuracy. Eventfully I contacted Apple and initially experienced the anticipated wall of silence, but after a few calls, by chance, I was through to a more senior team member who took interest. He spoke to Apple's engineering team and had me carry out all manner of tests whilst noting data, later installing tracking software on my phone (I'm very trusting!). Nothing came back as a "real" reason for the change in GPS performance, but eventually they offered to replace the handset despite mine being well out of warranty by then. Initially the replacement phone didn't perform any better, still showing +/-8M satellite accuracy at best, but over time accuracy could settle to +/-6M or very occasionally/briefly to +/-4M. The blue dot/accuracy circle was also a little more stable than for the original 7+ handset, but absolutely nothing like as stable as the trusty iPhone 6! I had a good rapport with the Apple guy and even persuaded him to install a GPS Accuracy App on his own iPhone X ... his X also never showed better than 8M satellite accuracy and the blue dot not very stable!! I gave up at that point and these days take my iPhone 6 and/or Garmin Montana as backup on important caching trips, just in case. I suppose the positive that came out was me still finding caches despite my iPhone7+ rather than with it!! The poorer performing iPhone7+ has perhaps made me a better cacher? Mmmmm, maybe! Seems to me that Apple changed either the GPS chip, or way they handle the information, after iPhone 6 ... so I have little confidence that any models 7 onwards will ever be as good as the 6 and earlier (my son's iPhone 5 GPS performs same as my iPhone 6). Real shame and crazy why Apple would deliberately dumb down the GPS performance. Hopefully at some point they will rethink their design and go back to the previous good GPS performance. So, draw your own conclusion whether "compass calibration" or other system is needed, or whether Apple should restore iPhone's to their previously good general GPS performance.
  15. PlasmaWave

    GPS accuracy on the map view.

    Nic ... what do you mean by: "... it will show the accuracy in the location callout". In "navigate to" map view I can see the cache title at top-left of the screen with distance from my present location at top-right - can't see where the gps accuracy is displayed though, except if you switch to the compass screen. Or is this what you meant?